Roundhouse podcast with Ben Flowers, Clayton Duchatschek of Wichita State cross country

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Roundhouse podcast with Ben Flowers, Clayton Duchatschek of Wichita State cross country
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Shocker cross country gets rolling on Sept. 3 (Saturday) with the JK Gold Classic. Ben Flowers and Clayton Duchatschek discuss the expectations for the men’s team, favorite running paths in and around Wichita and their training routines for the summer. Flowers talks about how his teammates and coaches helped him work through an injury that cost him almost two years of running. Duchatschek takes us back to last spring’s clinching points in the American Athletic Conference outdoor track championships. We wrap up by choosing a favorite book about running.

Roundhouse podcast with Maria Romero and Paula Garcia of Shocker track and field

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Roundhouse podcast with Maria Romero and Paula Garcia of Shocker track and field
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Cessna Stadium is the site for the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship this weekend and we talk to Wichita State sprinter Paula Garcia and multi-athlete Maria Romero about home-court advantage and the best events to watch. We also talk about the pipeline from Spain to Wichita that has produced several standouts, the differences between athletics in Europe and the United States and their advice for young athletes. We discuss their majors, Romero’s participation in the Widener Global Leaders Program and Garcia’s book recommendations.

Roundhouse podcast with Michael Bryan of Wichita State track and field

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Roundhouse podcast with Michael Bryan of Wichita State track and field
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Hammer thrower Michael Bryan, a two-time NCAA All-American, joins the podcast to talk about his path from lightly recruited high school football player to Wichita State record-holder. He discusses how his love for the hammer grew into a research project and why a school-closing snow storm won’t keep him from throwing outdoors in January. He breaks down the “jar of pennies” philosophy that guides his school and training and the music of Sam Cooke helps him during practices.

Roundhouse podcast with John Wise on Wichita State track and field

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Roundhouse podcast with John Wise on Wichita State track and field
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Wichita State competes in the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships this weekend in Birmingham, Ala. John Wise, assistant director of track and field and cross country, talks about Wichita State’s Destiny Masters (pentathlon), Adam Moore (mile), Michael Bryan (weight throw) and Amanda Kakoulias (shot put) and how they stack up in the conference meet. We discuss the best opportunities for the Shockers to grab unexpected points and the quirky habits of throwers. Also on the schedule is a look at how the American’s changing membership affects track and field recruiting and a look at Wise’s YouTube series “Travel with a Wise Guy,” highlighted by a discussion of Joyland’s place in Wichita pop culture.

Roundhouse podcast with Wichita State distance runner Jed Helker

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Roundhouse podcast with Wichita State distance runner Jed Helker
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Jed Helker, fresh off his 8-kilometer win in the Greeno/Dirksen Invitational in Nebraska, talks about how he knocked 40 seconds off his personal best and why there is much optimism for the men’s cross country team. He discusses how the atmosphere at Wichita State attracted him as a recruit out of Oklahoma and coach Kirk Hunter’s blend of caring for his runners and pushing them. We also discuss how Oklahoma coach Hannah Fields, his older sister, influenced his running career and his motivations for considering coaching as a career.

Roundhouse podcast with John Wise of Wichita State track and field

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Roundhouse podcast with John Wise of Wichita State track and field
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John Wise is the assistant director of track and field and cross country. He joins the podcast to preview the Wichita State Open, which starts at noon Saturday at Cessna Stadium.

Wise discusses the rising optimism for the outdoor season after the indoor’s uncertainty. He talks about hurdler Joseph Holthusen’s path from lightly recruited high schooler to indoor All-American and Shockers off to a great start to the outdoor season, such as hammer thrower Michael Bryan and the women’s steeplechase crew.

We wrap up by talking about how movies theaters may or may not survive the pandemic, which movie might lure him back to the theater and his “Travel With a Wise Guy” video series on YouTube. Joyland alert!

Roundhouse podcast on Wichita State track and field with John Wise and Taran Taylor

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Roundhouse podcast on Wichita State track and field with John Wise and Taran Taylor
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Javelin thrower Taran Taylor and John Wise, assistant director of track and field, discuss workouts during a pandemic and prospects for an indoor season. Taylor, from Ark City, details his rise as a standout thrower, his return from elbow surgery and how his engineering major might relate to the javelin.

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Words With a Wise Guy #21 – Cassie “The Ninja” Craig

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Words With a Wise Guy #21 – Cassie “The Ninja” Craig
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Cassie Craig was one of the best pole vaulters to ever come out of Wichita State and now is living in Los Angeles where she is a stunt woman, actress, singer and Covid-19 mask maker.  She became nationally known for being on American Ninja Warrior for 4 years.  We catch up with her about what she’s doing now and what it’s like to do stunts for a living.  This was a fascinating conversation – fun stuff! (0:00) Intro. (0:45) Cassie tells us what she’s doing now and what it’s like to live in Los Angeles during the Coronavirus shutdown.  (6:30) We talk about high school track, her all-around athletic ability and her experience at Wichita State. (12:30) Cassie becomes an American Ninja Warrior. (17:45)  Cassie moves to L.A. and creates a new career as a stunt woman on a TV show. (25:13) What does the multi-talented Cassie want to do with her life?

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Words With a Wise Guy #20 – Kevin Hadsell

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Words With a Wise Guy #20 – Kevin Hadsell
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I got to know Kevin Hadsell when I was coaching at Kent State and he was at Toledo.  He was very successful during his time as a Rocket.  After his coaching career ended, he took up acting and is now involved in a variety of different things from owning his own talent agency to being partners in a construction company.  He’s always been a very interesting and entertaining guy to talk to and we go all over the map during this conversation.  Enjoy! (0:00) Intro. (0:40) Update on what Kevin is currently up to during the Coronavirus situation. (5:15) Thoughts on the Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” and sports in the 90’s. (9:45) How young people are busy creating their own brands these days in both athletics and acting.  We get into the NCAA’s new Name, Image and Likeness ideas and the effects it might have on college athletics. (20:00) We discuss Akron getting their cross country team cut and the impending financial crisis that universities and athletic departments may have and if MAC football makes sense. (39:10) Finally, I ask Kevin what he misses about being a coach and if he would want to return someday.

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Words With a Wise Guy #19 – Marc Burns, University of Missouri

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Words With a Wise Guy #19 – Marc Burns, University of Missouri
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During his career, Marc Burns has coached at Loyola, Wichita State, Bradley and now Missouri and has been successful everywhere he’s been.  We really enjoyed his 4 years at WSU and have stayed good friends ever since.  Always great catching up with Burnsie!(0:00) Intro. (0:54) We talk about how things are currently going in Columbia, Missouri, for Marc’s family and team. (6:43) I ask Marc who is going to making the decisions about starting our season back up?  The NCAA, the conferences or the schools? (10:43) We run through Marc’s running and professional career. (24:07) Finally, we end with what it like coaching Karissa Schweizer.